Jérôme Prado PhD Cognitive Neuroscience

Course and current status


2012-present: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France. Tenured research Scientist (Chargé de recherche), Laboratoire sur le Langage, le Cerveau et la Cognition (L2C2) 

2010-2012: Northwestern University, IL, USA. Research Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

2009-2010: Northwestern University, IL, USA. Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Advisor: James R. Booth

2007-2009: University of Michigan, MI, USA. Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Psychology. Advisor: Daniel H. Weissman



2015: University of Lyon, France. Habilitation (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches). 

2004-2007: University of Lyon, France. PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience. Institut des Sciences Cognitives (CNRS). Advisor: Ira A. Noveck

2003-2004: University of Lyon, France. MS in Neuroscience. Laboratoire Cerveau et Vision (INSERM). Graduated with Distinction. Advisor: Marie-Thérèse Perenin

2001-2003: University of Caen, France. MS in Biological and Medical Imaging Sciences. Graduated with distinction

1998-2001: University of Bordeaux, France. BS in Biology

Scientific summary

The goal of my research is to characterize the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie logical and mathematical thinking. To do this, I use a combination of behavioral and brain imaging techniques, such as electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Several projects focus on understanding how the neural mechanisms underlying math and deductive reasoning are affected by intra- and inter-individual factors. Other projects investigate the impact of culture and education on the neural bases of math abilities. Although many of my studies are conducted on adult participants, a recent focus of my research is on understanding the cognitive and neural developmental of reasoning and math cognition in children with and without learning disabilities, such as dyscalculia.


26. Demir, O.E., Prado, J., & Booth, J.R. (2016). Neural correlates of math gains vary depending on parental socioeconomic status (SES). Frontiers in Psychology. 7:892

25. Mathieu, R., Gourjon, A., Couderc, A. Thevenot, C., & Prado, J. (2016). Running the Number Line: Rapid Shifts of Attention in Single-Digit Arithmetic. Cognition. 146, 229-239.

24. Demir, O.E., Prado, J., & Booth, J.R. (2015). Parental Socioeconomic Status and the Neural Basis of Arithmetic: Differential Relations to Verbal and Visuo-spatial Representations. Developmental Science. 18, 799-814.

23. Mathieu, R., Booth, J.R., & Prado, J. (2015). Distributed neural representations of logical arguments in school-age children. Human Brain Mapping. 36, 996-1009.

22. Prado, J., Spotorno, N., Koun, E., Hewitt, E., Van Der Henst, J.B., Sperber, D., & Noveck, I.A. (2015). Neural interaction between logical reasoning and pragmatic processing in narrative discourse. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 27, 692-704.

21. Demir, O. E., Prado, J., & Booth, J.R. (2014). The Differential Role of Verbal and Spatial Working Memory in the Neural Basis of Arithmetic. Developmental Neuropsychology. 39, 440-458.

20. Berteletti, I. Prado, J., & Booth, J.R. (2014). Children with mathematical learning disability fail in recruiting verbal and numerical brain regions when solving simple multiplication problems. Cortex. 57, 143-155.

19. Prado, J., Mutreja, R., & Booth, J.R. (2014). Developmental dissociation in the neural responses to simple multiplication and subtraction problems. Developmental Science. 17(4), 537-552.

18. Prado, J., Lu, J., Liu, L., Dong, Q., Zhou, X. & Booth, J.R. (2013). The neural bases of the multiplication problem-size effect across countries. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7:189.

17. Prado, J., Mutreja, R. & Booth, J.R. (2013). Fractionating the neural substrates of transitive reasoning: Task-dependent contributions of spatial and verbal representations. Cerebral Cortex. 23(3), 499-507.

16. Spotorno, N., Koun, E., Prado, J., Van Der Henst, J.B., Noveck, I.A. (2012). Neural evidence that utterance-processing entails mentalizing: The case of irony. Neuroimage. 63(1), 25-39.

15. Weissman, D. H. & Prado, J., (2012). Heightened activity in a key region of the ventral attention network is linked to reduced activity in a key region of the dorsal attention network during unexpected shifts of covert visual spatial attention. Neuroimage. 61(4), 798-804.

14. Prado, J., Chadha, A. & Booth, J.R. (2011). The brain network for deductive reasoning: A quantitative meta-analysis of 28 neuroimaging studies. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(11),3483-3497.

13. Prado, J., Mutreja, R., Zhang, H., Mehta, R., Desroches, A.S., Minas, J.E. & Booth, J.R. (2011). Distinct representations of subtraction and multiplication in the neural systems for numerosity and language. Human Brain Mapping, 32(11), 1932-1947.

12. Prado, J. & Weissman, D.H. (2011). Heightened interactions between a key default-mode region and a key task-positive region are linked to suboptimal performance but to enhanced future performance. Neuroimage, 56(4), 2276-2282.

11. Prado, J., & Weissman, D.H. (2011). Spatial attention influences trial-by-trial relationships between response time and functional connectivity in the visual cortex. Neuroimage, 54(1), 465-473.

10. Prado, J., Carp, J. & Weissman, D.H. (2011). Variations of response time in a selective attention task are linked to variations of functional connectivity in the attentional network. Neuroimage, 54(1), 541-549.

9.   Prado, J., Noveck, I.A., & Van der Henst, J.B. (2010) Overlapping and distinct neural representations of numbers and verbal transitive series. Cerebral Cortex, 20(3), 720-729.

8.   Prado, J., Van Der Henst, J.B. & Noveck, I.A. (2010). Recomposing a fragmented literature:  How conditional and relational arguments engage different neural systems for deductive reasoning. Neuroimage. 51(3), 1213-1221.

7.   Prado, J., Kaliuzhna, M., Cheylus, A., & Noveck, I.A. (2008) Overcoming perceptual features in logical reasoning: an event-related potentials study. Neuropsychologia, 46(11), 2629-2637.

6.   Prado, J., Van der Henst, J.B., & Noveck, I.A. (2008) Spatial associations in relational reasoning: evidence for a SNARC-like effect. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(8), 1143-1150.

5.   Noveck, I.A., & Prado, J. (2007) Intelligence and reasoning are not one and the same.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30(2), 163-164.

4.   Prado, J. & Noveck, I.A. (2007) Overcoming perceptual features in logical reasoning: a parametric fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(4), 642-647.

3.   Clavagnier, S., Prado, J., Kennedy, H., & Perenin, M.T. (2007) How humans reach: Distinct cortical systems for central and peripheral vision. Neuroscientist, 13(1), 22-27.

2.   Prado, J. & Noveck, I.A. (2006) How reaction time measures elucidate the matching bias and the way negations are processed. Thinking and Reasoning, 12(3), 309-328.

 1.   Prado, J., Clavagnier, S., Otzenberger, H., Scheiber, C., Kennedy, H. & Perenin, M.T. (2005) Two cortical systems for reaching in central and peripheral vision. Neuron, 48(5), 849-858.

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